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Driving school and instructor licensing now in effect

OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa has introduced new municipal licensing requirements (Schedule Q of Licensing By-law 120-2005) for driving schools and instructors whose business is based and/or vehicles are used for lessons or tests in Oshawa.

The City’s new Driving School Licensing System was developed following municipal comparator research, community input and in response to resident’s complaints, and:

  • addresses the issue of intensified use of local roads by driving school instructors and related safety issues for the public and Oshawa neighbourhoods; and,
  • aligns with and supports the provincial driving school and instructor licensing system.

The Licensing System includes a prohibited area in Oshawa where no driving school vehicles may operate, except for:

  • picking up or dropping off a student that resides in the prohibited area; or
  • using a driving school vehicle for the purposes of a road test conducted by the DriveTest Centre.

The prohibited area includes the following boundaries: Adelaide Ave. W., Adelaide Ave. E., Ritson Rd. N., Ritson Rd. S., Bloor St. E., Bloor St. W., Thornton Rd. S., and Thornton Rd. N.

Building on the success of similar programs in other Ontario municipalities, it is expected that the introduction of a Licensing System and Restricted Area Standards in Oshawa will contribute to creating a safer and less congested driver education environment in the neighbourhoods near the Oshawa DriveTest Centre and along Drive Test Centre testing routes.

To assist with compliance, the City’s Municipal Law Enforcement Officers will be undertaking an initial education campaign to inform Driving Schools and Instructors of the new standards.

To learn more about the Licensing System and view a map of the prohibited area, visit www.oshawa.ca/drivingschools.